Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Building an Intentional Closet


Recently, I lost a pretty significant amount of weight for my frame, taking me from a US size 8/10 to a size 6/8.  It's the smallest I've ever been in my adult life and I have all sorts of weird conflicting feelings about it, which I might write about later.  But in the meantime, it's caused some sudden and troublesome logistical issues with my closet, namely that absolutely nothing fits.

Between this and the havoc wreaked by Beetlegate 2013, my closet is having an identity crisis!  So I'm hoping to take this as an opportunity to reevaluate and plan some sewing projects to fill the gaps.  I have a cute little fabric stash nowadays, and pretty much all of it is wonderful: romantic printed cotton voiles and lawns, cheery plaids, and soft, drapey jerseys.  It's an inspiration just to go through those drawers and see what sort of aesthetic I was thinking of when I got these fabrics, and it's giving me a good jumping-off point for building a wardrobe to fit my new size.

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My first thought is to work through my mini-stash of Colette patterns.  I want to make Hawthorn in all three views - the peplum top in floral cotton voile, the 3/4 sleeve dress in cotton seersucker, and the sleeveless dress in a multicolor-striped linen from Sparklepants's stash.  (The joys of sharing a studio: regular fabric swapping!)  I also want to make Jasmine, a little bias-cut blouse, with some Liberty Tana Lawn I got in Portland ages ago.

So, despite losing the ability to wear the majority of my vintage and handmade clothes - which is a total bummer - I'm excited for the opportunity to build a more intentional closet.  For daily wear, I'm thinking about wearing a uniform of skinny jeans, draped tops, and vintage cardigans; for work and dressed-up days, vintage or vintage-inspired dresses, skirts, and tops.  (And of course, kick-ass shoes every day!)  I want to strike a balance between comfortable and tailored; edgy and romantic.  I've always loved to combine vintage and contemporary pieces, so I'm hoping that this will give me a chance to explore and integrate these two different aesthetics in an interesting and cohesive way.

1 comment:

sparkle said...

Cory, I think I found some of that weight you lost...right here on my caboose. My problem seems to be the opposite of yours......have fun sewing cute stuff....